The Avengers (or, as it’s known in the halls of Marvel Studios, Super Spin-Off Battalion, Phase One) started filming almost exactly one month ago. The plot of the movie is still under wraps. We know that Thor’s villainous brother Loki will play the film’s Big Bad. We know that the Cosmic Cube will also factor prominently in the film. We can guess that Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man just won’t get along until they suddenly do right before the final battle. But Avengers rumors keep churning, and the latest is a doozy. According to the Latino Review, there is another vintage Avengers villain in the film… and his appearance was already teased in Thor. (Possible spoilers to follow) READ FULL STORY
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Week one for EW’s 2011 Summer Movie Body Count begins with Marvel Studios’ Thor, starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, and Anthony Hopkins. Click here for a reminder of our highly scientific guidelines for what counts as a death, and how we’re counting them. And since we’re going to be talking about deaths here, the requisite spoiler alert should almost go without saying, but we’ll say it anyhow: SPOILER ALERT!
Frost Giants are not, we can all agree, a very agreeable species. They are tall, blue, and ugly. They appear to have no hobbies besides fighting and refrigeration. Possibly because they live on a world that resembles a less tourist-friendly version of Hoth, they spend their bleak sunless days sneering and plotting the conquest of other realms. Thor, the first official film of the summer blockbuster season, begins with a Frost Giant sneak attack on a kindly Viking village. Eight villagers, including women and children, were flash-frozen before our eyes. READ FULL STORY
Ever since Samuel L. Jackson first appeared as Nick Fury in a hidden scene at the end of Iron Man, we’ve all become trained to sit through the credits of a Marvel superhero film. Last year, the post-credits scene of Iron Man 2 featured a first glimpse of Thor’s fun-to-spell-but-hard-to-pronounce hammer Mjolnir. Thor continued the tradition this weekend, ending with a quick scene that simultaneously pointed toward this summer’s Captain America and next year’s superhero mega-team-up The Avengers. But I’m guessing that, if you’re not a comics fan, you probably left the theater with one question: “What the *$%#@ just happened?” Let’s unpack the scene a little bit. (SPOILER ALERT!) READ FULL STORY
In an interview with MTV’s Josh Horowitz, Chris Evans — erstwhile Human Torch and prospective Captain America — talks a bit about the connection between his solo film and next year’s Avengers. In the process, Evans reveals a mildly spoiler-ish plot point about Captain America that won’t necessarily ruin anything for longtime comic fans, but it’s interesting nevertheless… READ FULL STORY
When Thor hits theaters on May 6, it’ll kickstart a summer packed full of handsomely-costumed superpowered individuals fighting expensively CGI’d evil. June brings us the franchise preboot X-Men: First Class and the space-faring Green Lantern, followed by the Nazi-punching Captain America: The First Avenger in July. It’s a feast for comic book fans, and it’s very much the culmination of a decade that saw superheroes rise to the top of the summer box office season, with a host of new trilogies (X-Men, Spider-Man, Blade, Batman), fascinating curios (Kick-Ass, Superman Returns, Ang Lee’s Hulk), and plenty of outright disasters (Daredevil and Catwoman and anything called The Punisher, oh my!). But which superhero film is your absolute favorite? Has anything equaled Christopher Reeve’s Superman? Which Batman do you prefer: Tim Burton’s, Christopher Nolan’s, or Joel Schumacher’s? (Schumacher? Anyone? Bueller?) Do you prefer Iron Man‘s braggodocio or Spider-Man‘s nerdish lovability? Check out some EW favorites after the jump, then tell us your favorite superhero film in the comments. (Extra points if you include a cogent, coherent, and obscenity-free argument for your film.) READ FULL STORY
Marvel Studios head talks various 'Avengers' spin-offs. Would you want to see minor characters in their own movies?
This summer marks the beginning of the second phase of Marvel’s plan for complete cinematic domination, with the arrival of Thor and Captain America in the wake of two successful Iron Man movies. Next year’s Avengers will bring the three heroes together… and then, the real fun begins. At least that’s the message sent out by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige, who is quoted in the upcoming issue of Disney twenty-three, the quarterly magazine of the Disney fan club. (FYI: Marvel was purchased by Disney in 2009, and The Avengers will be the first Marvel film distributed by Disney.) IGN got a sneak peek at the issue, in which Feige talks about potential sequels to this summer’s tentpoles: “Thor will go off into a new adventure, and Captain America will continue to explore the modern world in another film of his own.” But then, the big twist: Feige also hints that spin-off plans are in store for the supporting characters in Avengers, including Hawkeye, Black Widow, and the various jumpsuited agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., “all of whom are more than worthy and capable of carrying their own films.” READ FULL STORY
We already knew that next month’s Thor would feature an appearance by Marvel’s bigscreen shaman Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury (not to mention Fury’s right-hand man Agent Coulson). But there have been rumors that one of Thor’s future Avengers teammates would also stop by for a cameo. A new video clip released may hold a clue: In the middle of a fight sequence, there’s a sudden cut to a shadowy figure…who is pointing a rather impressive-looking bow at the thunder god. Could this be our first sighting of Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye? Marvel Studios hasn’t responded to EW requests for confirmation, so you’ll have to decide for yourself by watching the video after the jump. (The maybe-Hawkeye guy is at the 0:24 mark.) READ FULL STORY
Of all the trailers that debuted during the Super Bowl, I was most excited about the 30-second spot for Captain America: The First Avenger. It was cool to get a better sense of the movie’s look. (Apparently, this is going to be the muddiest comic book movie since Swamp Thing.) However, one part of the trailer stuck out to me: The half-a-millisecond appearance of Cap’s arch-nemesis, the Red Skull. A superhero movie is only as good as its villain, and considering that Hugo Weaving already played one of the great modern action-movie Big Bads (Agent Smith in The Matrix), my hopes are pretty high. But there’s every possibility that the Skull could look ridiculous onscreen. (See: the Red Skull in the better-left-forgotten 1990 Captain America, who looked like an evil fascist muppet.) READ FULL STORY
Cobie Smulders the frontrunner to play Maria Hill in 'Avengers' movie. This could be legen-wait for it-dary.
casually revealed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon that he would get a female sidekick in Joss Whedon’s upcoming Avengers film. And though we tapped into our comic book minds and guessed the mysterious sidekick could be Sharon Carter, the Wasp, or the Contessa, it looks like we may have to admit defeat: EW has confirmed that How I Met Your Mother‘s Cobie Smulders is the frontrunner to appear in the film… as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Maria Hill. READ FULL STORYOn Thursday, Samuel L. Jackson set the Internet atwitter when he
The first poster for the Captain America movie just hit Slashfilm, and it’s a striking image — definitely what you’d expect from an action movie/spinoff/prequel-to-a-movie-that-hasn’t-been-made-yet. Chris Evans has a sober expression on his face; the colors of his iconic costume are muted and bleak; and the whole poster is covered with war-movie grime, as if a land-mine just went off behind Cap. And Cap’s bright-red shield looks like it’s taken a couple hundred machine-gun blasts. Check out the full poster below: READ FULL STORY
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